QGH aux­il­iary talk with nurse prac­ti­tion­ers

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS -

Queens Gen­eral Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary held their sec­ond meet­ing of the year Oct. 8, six­teen mem­bers in at­ten­dance. Re­ports were given with five mem­bers re­port­ing on the Nova Sco­tia As­so­ci­a­tion of Health Aux­il­iaries an­nual con­ven­tion.

The con­ven­tion was held at Corn­wal­lis with 164 mem­bers from around the prov­ince at­tend­ing. The speak­ers were very in­ter­est­ing and ed­u­ca­tional.

Two Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers spoke on their du­ties in the com­mu­nity. The Nurse Prac­ti­tioner usu­ally has at least 10 years ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing as an RN. They work in­de­pen­dently and col­lab­o­ra­tively with a physi­cian when re­quired. They pro­vide health ser­vices to in­di­vid­ual fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity. In 1965 the ti­tle Nurse Prac­ti­tioner was used. 1970 Dal­housie was one of the first uni­ver­si­ties to de­velop a spe­cial­ized out­post pro­gram. 1980’s the ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram was closed. 1990’s a re­newal of the pro­gram and in 1999 four Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tioner sites were set up. To­day there are ap­prox­i­mately 99 Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers that serve fam­i­lies all ages in re­mote ar­eas and teach­ing po­si­tions up north. They can di­ag­nose and com­mu­ni­cate this to their pa­tients, or­der teats, blood work, RX’s, etc., clin­i­cal work, parental, child, well women, di­a­betes coun­sel­ing, al­ler­gies, talks to groups and role de­vel­op­ment.

Mar­ion Di­etze and Les­lie Ni­blett their topic be­ing Mid­wifery. Mid­wives are reg­is­tered health pro­fes­sion­als – Act – March 18, 2009. They are now rec­og­nized for fund­ing by the prov­ince. There are seven mid­wives in NS, three in ad­min­is­tra­tion em­ployed by District Health Au­thor­i­ties and four at the IWK. The pri­mary mid­wife is as­signed to each woman, ap­point­ments to meet other secondary mid­wife if avail­able. First parental visit is ap­prox­i­mately 45 min­utes. Dur­ing the 3rd trimester the mid­wife ar­ranges home vis­its. Labour, de­liv- ery and post­par­tum care can all be done by the mid­wife. Fi­nal visit 6 weeks af­ter birth. Train­ing re­quire­ments are four years of uni­ver­sity train­ing and usu­ally 10 to 15 years pre­vi­ous nurs­ing train­ing.

The ex­ec­u­tive for the fol­low­ing year are:

Past Pres­i­dent Polly Win­ters, Pres­i­dent Anna d’En­tremont, 1st Vice Pres­i­dent Peggy Atkin­son, Sec­re­tary Dale Wolfe.

The aux­il­iary would like to thank the pub­lic for all their sup­port for the Hus­tle. The Hus­tle was a great suc­cess over twenty thou­sand and count­ing and every­one en­joyed our “new home,” the Curl­ing Club.

Oc­to­ber 20th the West­ern Zone meet­ing will be held in Bridgewater with a num­ber of our mem­bers at­tend­ing.

The aux­il­iary meets the first Thurs- day of each month at the old nurses res­i­dence, 11:30 so­cial, meet­ing start­ing at 12 noon, bring your own lunch and cof­fee and tear are pro­vided.

Every­one is wel­comed to at­tend any meet­ing. Don’t for­get to shop at the “Hospi­tal Gift Shop”, great items and no tax. They shop is al­ways looking for vol­un­teers, train­ing is pro­vided. If you are in­ter­ested please call Gail Dyer 3543667.

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